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Precious Utah Monuments Reduced

The above picture is a taste of what we’ll lose with the sad news about Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument and the new Bears Ears National Monument. I don’t typically post a lot of dialogue about politics or religion, but I can’t hold back when it comes to protecting the environment. The environment where I go to heal, and where I go to make photographs to share that might uplift those that can’t get there. Money made from these pictures is not the main issue here. It’s about common sense and respecting the value of nature and the need for wildness on all levels. 

After so much hard work by various groups to convince the previous government of the beauty of these national treasures, it’s now unraveling before our eyes. I took a look at the map link I found on the Patagonia twitter feed. It’s hard to tell with the interactive map in the way it shows the shrinking boundaries, but it looks pretty darn close to where this arch was photographed. I can’t imagine being there in the near future  and seeing natural gas pavilions or pump-jacks or anything man-made in this area. I can’t imagine being there and hearing truck traffic or the hiss or pressure valves releasing instead of the silence or the wind.

These two places may be beyond most peoples’ radar, if they haven’t visited them. Utah itself is beyond many peoples’ radar, if they haven’t witnessed the beauty and uniqueness of the state. I get it. It can be hard to connect with the importance of an event like this when you don’t have first-hand experiences there. But if anyone has benefitted from being out in nature anywhere, they know how recharged they feel from all the fresh air, from the peace and solitude, from the adventure. Imagine your favorite getaway being taken away, or filled with the sounds of man, instead of the wind and birdsong in your ears.

It may seem hopeless in the moment, ‘I’m just one voice’ you might be thinking, but together, we can make a difference. Just about every environmental organization is suing. Please add your voice and more where you can. Because not just these two parks are at stake. Depending on the outcome of this major event, even more precious wild land could be lost. 

Thanks for visiting, for letting me share my concerns of my heart in this situation.

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Rockin’ Around in Zion

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Anyone who has traveled with me probably knows I LOVE rocks. I’m not sure why I didn’t choose geology as a major in college, but regardless of that, I have continued to be excited by rocks, rock formations, and how it all formed, wherever I go.

When our photo tour in Zion Nat’l Park was finished, a few were around on Sunday morning so we went off to explore a little more. We climbed up high on a rocky plateau to look at the landscape opportunities for afternoon light, but soon we all found photo opps that were at our feet – literally! There were patterns and swirling lines and tiny bonsai’d trees and these cool rounded rocks that you see here. Referred to as moqui marbles, they are concretions of various minerals, and they were stuck here and there in the sides of larger boulders, but hundreds of them had washed out over time – geological time – and scattered on the flatter surfaces we were standing on. With wind and rain, they’d roll around, and pile up in crevasses, or get stuck in a water-filled depression that then dried up. They were so neat to photograph, I was doing my happy dance that afternoon!

 

 

 

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